Backyard Sauna

Your backyard sauna can be the place where you relax after a long day at work or where you sit to shed a few additional pounds of water weight after a day out by the pool. Whatever you intend to use it for, a backyard sauna can be a great investment if properly researched and maintained.

An investment?

You first have to consider that not every buyer will appreciate a backyard sauna. Therefore, if you are planning on selling your home in the next 5 years, it might not be a good idea to invest in a backyard sauna. However, if you are desperate for a sauna of your own, and are willing to pay the price without seeing any return, you can plan for the most neutral-looking backyard sauna possible and hope for the best.

Integration with landscaping

A backyard sauna should be close enough to the house to minimize its exposure to the elements, but it should also be designed to blend in with nature. Toward that end, it is a good idea to purchase or build a backyard sauna from pressure-treated wood that can withstand the outdoors, but to stain the wood to match your landscaping or the native trees in your lot.

If you have decided to purchase or build a backyard sauna as an addition to an existing house or after completing the landscaping of your backyard, it might be possible to hook up the water and electrical lines without digging out any of your new plants. The space around the backyard sauna should be mulched, and the footprint of the sauna itself will have to be absent of plants, but you can retain heat-loving and water-loving plants nearby the sauna and even add in some hedges around the sauna to make it look like a traditional outbuilding.

The base of the backyard sauna should be poured or block concrete with the appropriate plumbing and exhaust system. A beautiful choice for lighting in backyard saunas is sconces with an overhead skylight. This will create a very relaxing ambience night or day.

Finally, you should consider the seating in your backyard sauna. It is important to choose hard surfaces for seating that can be easily cleaned, or at the very least, to opt for durable, all weather fabric. Even though your backyard sauna is an enclosed space, it will be constantly exposed to warm damp mist that can rot many fabrics.

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